Author Archives: Bob Hughes

About Bob Hughes

Ex railwayman, life long railway modeller, lover of real ale and spicy food. Divorced, she got the kids, I got the dog.

It’s all about size

There’s a discussion going on via an on-line forum about the size of micro layouts. What some of the participants don’t seem to realise is that scale does not matter. In fact one of the main attractions of a micro … Continue reading

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Losing track

When I was still at school I discovered a narrow gauge tramway buried under the grass in a disused quarry near home. Given the size of the quarry I doubt that it was much more than a hundred yards or … Continue reading

Posted in My trains, Narrow gauge, Toy train chit chat

A quick trip

No… Not that sort of trip! The mine at Rio Paleta telegraphed the FCPyF to say they had a loaded car ready for collection. Unfortunately the next freight on the high line isn’t due until Monday so an extra trip … Continue reading

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Switching the switchers around

With #6677 entering service as station pilot at Cuarto de Pulgada I’ve moved the other shunt locos around. The DDT now has its tension lock coupler properly recessed into the buffer beam, a vast improvement both visually and operationally as … Continue reading

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Curiosity killed the cat

After a little bit of work on a 1:48 scale loco yesterday I’ve made some progress on the 1:12 scale microlayout today. Variety is the spice of modelling. The ends and rear of the scene have been cut to shape … Continue reading

Posted in Bodging and Kitbashing, My trains, Narrow gauge, Toy train chit chat

DDT

Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, a rather nasty chemical, has nothing to do with this post. DDT here is a small Plymouth diesel. The DDT was built to run on various gauges over the years, the one shown below is on a two foot … Continue reading

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Carl Arendt’s Small Layout Scrapbook

The current owner of carendt.com may be proposing to commercialise the website and has emailed regular readers asking for their opinions. Here is a copy of my reply to his email. Good morning Gert I am sorry to read about … Continue reading

Posted in Bodging and Kitbashing, My trains, Narrow gauge, Other people's trains, Standard gauge, Toy train chit chat